• Nature Poems,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

    Flyaway Festival Bird Poems

      I read both of these poems at the Flyaway Festival on Mare Island on February 11, 2018. Spring in the City Above the rush of the highway, I hear them singing— nestled in trees, relaxing. The birds have returned from journeys afar, carrying melodies, announcing: “It is spring. It is spring. Won’t you join in? Leave your houses and just sing.”   Birds in Harmony The two feathery dancers were soaring in the wild winds, as birds from every continent intermingled with the stars. The air swirled with excitement for the concert was about to begin. Every creature for miles could not wait to listen in. The parrots came…

  • Jewish Poems,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays,  Poetry

    Hanukkah Train

    My husband challenged me to write this poem last year as we found ourselves listening to old folk songs last Hanukkah. It appears in the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays. Hanukkah Train This train’s fueled by spirit, not by power nor by might. Passing through the countryside, she’s shining holy lights. Nothing can stop her, she’s going all through the night. She’s an eight car hammer running through the mountains. Hobos are jumping up just as fast as they can get in. The last car’s left open, cause it’s meant for them to stay in. Blessings are sung soulfully as every passenger watches. The dining car is busily serving…

  • queer words
    Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Ignite

    I had a lovely evening at the Vallejo JFK Library listening to featured poets Poetic Old Soul, Andrew Demcak, and Vanessa Rochelle Lewis. I also read a love poem written specifically for the Queer Words Vallejo event entitled “Ignite” which is posted below. You can find out about future literary events organized by Wayne Goodman and Rick May at: www.facebook.com/queerwordsreadings/ The Times Herald also did an article which you can read here: www.timesheraldonline.com/article/NH/20171008/NEWS/171009844     Ignite Loving one another is a most natural act. There is no greater high than falling in love. No greater aspiration than to be in relationship with one another. Our culture often teaches that there is only…

  • D.L. Lang Poet Laureate
    California Poems,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Visions

    I recited this poem, “Visions,” at the 10.10.17 Vallejo City Council meeting where I was officially proclaimed and appointed the 2017-2019 Vallejo Poet Laureate. Visions by D.L. Lang No photo can quite capture this moment’s true beauty, for moments, like all people, were meant to be free.   Words, they fail to pinpoint just what this place means to me, for words are but stardust in this universe full of dreams.   How wonderful to have landed in this corner of the earth, where the streets are lined with stories of history and rebirth.   To your visions of our metropolis to what she was, is, and can still be,…

  • Nature Poems,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Listen!

    It was truly an honor to be able to share this poem today at Artiszen for the group of visionary, world-changing activists, architects, and environmentalists gathered there for Resilient by Design. Listen! Listen! Do you hear that? Our Mother, she is calling. She weeps with a broken heart. She begs for her children to treat her with love. For her children to act out of gratitude. Their existence relies upon her. *Sigh* But only some of her children choose love. They take her messages to heart, and they shout them from the rooftops. Others still heartlessly plunder her house, her patience, her time, her heart, leaving it barren. Her tears…

  • Peace Poems,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    In These Times

    Jessica Brown did a lovely video of me reading this poem out in Hanns Park.  Click the photo to view the video.  In These Times   Peace is not just a feeling of calm. It is not just the ability to feel safe as you go through life, nor to remain centered in chaos, nor is it just a feeling of wholeness  in a very broken world.   In these times, it is very hard to be a pacifist. It is hard to not become your enemy.   To give into anger and fear and let it consume you and turn you into your worst self would be the easy…